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Review: Soundtrack is watchable - Rediff.com Movies

Just imagine what it would have been like for Beethoven [ Images ] who created music while being deaf or artists such as Claude Monet and Benode Behari Mukherjee who painted despite losing their eyesight? Neerav Ghosh's Soundtrack not only explores the dilemma of a creative man in the face of such a loss but also the thin schism between 'fact and fiction.' The 'fact and fiction' theory was put forth by American film critic Roger Ebert in his review of It's All Gone Pete Tong, the Canadian film from which Soundtrack is officially adapted.

Ghosh uses footage from real-life technicians like Anurag Kashyap, Anu Malik [ Images ] and DJ Aqeel alongside fictional characters to plot the life journey of DJ Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal [ Images ]). When Raunak enters Mumbai [ Images ], he spots a beggar with an exceptional gift for singing (the singing beggar has been a stock character in many Hindi movies before) and years later, makes him sing for his album. With the help of his genial uncle, he finds a job as a DJ at the club Tango Charlie and this is where he meets his producer/agent, Charlie (Mohan Kapoor) who initiates him into the La Dolce Vita-inspired world of wild parties, women, alcohol and drugs.

This is precisely where he fritters away his real talent. The quality of his music dips and at one point, he is nearly booed out by a disgruntled club crowd. More than being ambitious Raunak is afraid of failures and wonders if his life will replicate his father's; a great musician who died without any fame and with only a boxful of records as his legacy. Raunak expresses his frustration in a particular scene when he suggests that he wished his father hadn't left behind the "legacy of failure." After Raunak is diagnosed of complete loss of hearing in one ear and partial, in another, he stays away from sound.

This phase of his life presents a contrast to the first, for he turns his back on excess to adopt a more frugal existence. He meets and falls in love with his lip-reading instructor Gauri (Soha Ali Khan [ Images ]). Raunak focuses on his craft and eventually comes up with an album that he creates in an absolute state of deafness. 

By and large, Soundtrack remains doggedly faithful to its source material and in such a scenario it becomes difficult to credit director Neerav Ghosh for everything. When directors usually remake a film that may have left a deep impression on them they bring in their personal touch and that's what distinguishes the remake from the original. Which brings us to a simple question: Had Soundtrack been as good if it wasn't adapted from It's All Gone Pete Tong? Another major setback for Soundtrack is that Raunak appears to be a minor speck in his contribution to music and that weakens the effect of a story which grandly projects him as a hero with handicap. Its impact would have been much stronger had the inspiration been Beethoven himself or other iconic figure in the musical history.

If you overlook that fact, on its own, Soundtrack is a watchable film, with able support from its cast and if Ghosh is to be credited for anything, let it be said that he has an eye for his material and knows where to look.


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Why you should watch Soundtrack

Apart from the posters that look pretty exciting, the story promises to match up to our expectations. Starring Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan and Mrinalini Sharma, the film revolves around a DJ with a handicap. And as he reaches the top, he meets several of his inner demons on the way.

Going by the gist, it sounds like a version of Ranbir's upcoming Rockstar. But what makes a world of difference is Rajeev Khandelwal. We're pinning our hopes on the star who wowed everybody with his Bollywood debut in Aamir.

We're not sure what the critics' response is going to be, but it definitely seems like one of the better movies releasing today.






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Story: Small town boy Rajeev Khandelwal comes to Mumbai, chasing his dreams to become a musician. It doesn't take long before he becomes the most happening DJ of the club scene, creating his music from the sounds of the city and its streets. But it doesn't take long too before he succumbs to the pressures of the glam job -- drug abuse, alcohol, continuous exposure to loud music -- and descends into his private hell. Falling prey to a hearing disorder he almost loses it all, until he meets Soha Ali Khan -- herself deaf -- who teaches him how to lip read. More importantly, she teaches him how to rediscover meaning and music in his life, once again. 
Movie Review: The film is inspired by the English film It's All Gone Pete Tong which traced the intense highs and lows in the life of musician Frankie Wilde, a legend in the Ibiza club scene, as he battled his hearing disorder. But kudos to both filmmaker Neerav Ghosh and actor Rajeev Khandelwal for creating a completely authentic Indian idiom in Soundtrack which holds up a glitzy, yet dark mirror to the Mumbai rock scene. 

If Ghosh prefers to tell his story with poise and restraint, never losing hold on the life-like rhythm, then Khandelwal creates a classic act as the simpleton who goes full circle. First, he gets seduced by the heady power of fame and success and falls headlong into a life of indulgence and excess. Arrogance too slips in, as he begins to ill-treat his teammates who do not know about his increasing physical debility...his hearing is fast fading, but the rock star is too proud to reveal it. But when the world begins to turn its back on him and the sounds which were the source of his life, totally disappear, the desperate man does everything to save himself. He even incarcerates himself in dark, solitary confinement, plagued only by his private demons: a life-size joker that relentlessly mocks at him. 

It's only when he slays the demon that he manages to emerge a whole man again. Time for some sweet romance -- and help -- from perky Soha Ali Khan who plays a perfect foil to his anguished self. Also, time to rediscover his music by ferreting out some forgotten notes from his childhood -- his father's legacy -- and try and create history again. 

Well acted, well narrated and with loads of great music (Midival Punditz), Soundtrack is cinema with a soul. 

Tip Off: Must for music makers and movie-buffs who don't want all the films to be breathless tales of revenge and gore or riotous romance.

Critic's Rating: 
Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma, Mohan Kapoor
Direction: Neerav Ghosh
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 12 minutes

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Film Review | The din of silence
A remake of a charmless original, 'Soundtrack' tries too hard to be inspirational and turns insipid

Sanjukta Sharma

Mumbai

This is the story of "Bandra's Beethoven". That label, used by a glib manager (played by Mohan Kapoor) to hard-sell the hero of Neerav Ghosh's Soundtrack, is bereft of irony or humour. It is meant to be sycophantic, glowing, earnest, 'soul-soup' inspirational—largely what the entire movie also is.

Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal) is a master turntablist who spins at a nightclub in what is implied as Bandra, the hip Mumbai suburb. One day he goes deaf. Does he plunge deeper into his cocaine-and-whiskey path towards perdition and hell? Or does he crawl back up to life and music? There's that tantalizing promise—the promise of a man's redemption after he has hit the abyss with drugs, bad decisions, being in love with the wrong person, and a sudden physical disability.

Director Neerav Ghosh mentions in the credits that the film is inspired by the motion picture It's All Gone Pete Tong. But in fact, it is more than just an inspiration. Soundtrack has scenes which are exact replicas of the 2004 British production, written and directed by Michael Dowse. The true story of the original, that of a DJ at an Ibiza nightclub—somewhat of a legend in the Ibiza club scene then—and the sudden end of his raucous lifestyle, is not stuff of great tragedy. In Dowse's movie, Wilde has no nuances, and is unintentionally comic in the way his life spirals down. British actor Paul Kaye? adds to the part—a skinny man with a stupid laugh, corroded by drugs, who finally cleans up. There is a comic intensity to Frankie's tragedy which makes the character bearable, although the film in its itself is quite charmless.

The writing of the Hindi remake adapts quite awkwardly to the Mumbai context. This is not really a decadent 'Charlie' and 'charas' land. The director and cinematographer (Anshuman Mahaley) depends on neon hues, jagged camera angles and the music to create the drug-induced madness. The actor does not have to do a lot. The only nuance in Raunak, really, is his hallucinatory relationship with an unthreatening clown who goads him on to inebriation (in the original, it was a grizzly bear-like beast with dried cocaine stuck to its nose). There is also his past—a childhood without a father and the only child of a helpless mother, a trite Bollywood tool in this context.

The attempt to localize is of course intentional, and it is ultimately not the film's undoing. The attempt to make Raunak's story sentimental and inspirational, and to strip the character's of all his foolishness and dumbness—even when he is wasted silly, Khandelwal lends Raunak a sense of importance and seriousness—is. It is a put-off, for this DJ is no tragic hero.

Raunak, a man of firm build and groomed hair, is the anti-thesis of a man swallowed by self-destructive madness. His physicality belies the rot inside. Khandelwal has performed with gusto and he makes some scenes extremely potent, but overall, he is sorely mismatched to this character. Soha Ali Khan? plays a deaf girl who rescues Raunak from oblivion. She too, like Khandelwal, is inconsistent. In some scenes the character is strikingly original, and in some completely banal. Mohan Kapoor as the greedy, soulless manager, is the most convincing character here.

Soundtrack is a downer, but for a few powerful scenes—all of which are exact replicas from the movie it's inspired from.

I will confess I am at a disadvantage here because I have watched It's All Gone Pete Tong twice, quite by accident. And comparisons with the mediocre original is unavoidable. When it's a remake or an "inspiration", the task of making it better or to adapt it truthfully to its context is up for scrutiny. And I judge the film largely on those terms.

The star of Soundtrack is its music. Lyricists (Kailash Kher?, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Karsh Kale, Vishal Vaid, among others), music directors (Midival Punditz, Karsh Kale, Papon, Kailash Kher, Laxmilant Kudalkar) lift the trajectory of this self-aggrandizing hero by a few notches. The film is visually accomplished, if albeit too plastic at times, but the music and the cinematography momentarily achieves what neither the lead actors nor the writing can achieve.

Soundtrack released in theatres on Friday

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http://www.livemint.com/2011/10/06191620/Film-Review--The-din-of-silen.html?h=B

P.S: My Take On This Review: the review is avg, because the writer is in 'It's All Gone Pete Tong' mode...LOLLOLLOL

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Soundtrack

Starring - Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma

Director - Neerav Ghosh

Producer - Sanjiv Goenka, Apurv Nagpal

Banner - Saregama India Limited, Indie Ideas

Genre - Musical

Rating - *** .

By Kreative Access Team

The star of the film is certainly the story and the narration. The film starring the talented Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan and Mrinalini Sharma is quite a soul shaking epic dust to dawn story of a aspiring musician who falls from the peak and recovers a death defying phase in life.

The film starts with Raunak (Rajeev Khandelwal) who comes to city of dreams Mumbai to make his name in the music industry. After much struggle and tiring phase he manages to catch up a fleeting that of DJ in a famous discotheque. He becomes a rage and then his life turns tracks as he unintentionally shifts focus from his aim. But suddenly his dream run hits a major roadblock when he suddenly loses his hearing power. This leaves him with an irreplaceable void as the hearing impairment leaves him with no scope to take forward his career as a musician. He goes into depression and mind you that's not a simple but a death defying one.

The film is not the one that you come across every Friday. This one's a rare tale of the highs and lows of life. As I mentioned earlier the main strength of the film is its story and the stars lead the tale with panache. The film is based on a true story of a renowned musician Beethoven. The unexpected twists and turns keeps you glued to from start to end.

Rajeev Khandelwal yet again reminds of the potential that he carries as a star. And we must say with each film he is giving the Khans, Kapoors and Kumars a run for their money. He deserves much more attention to compliment his potential. But what surprised us was Soha's performance which made people notice it even in the presence of power house performer Rajeev. Mrinalini Sharma's role as Rajeev's girlfriend is nothing more than an extended cameo but however the actress has performed her part well.

Apart from film's direction and narration, the unique cinematography takes your heart away. As the film was a tale of a musician's life, it ought to be a musical journey and we must say the tracks don't disappoint.

Yet another awe inspiring film coming from Rajeev Khandelwal comes to lure your hearts away. A perfect treat for music and 'Rajeev Khandelwal' lovers and will also appeal to the ones who prefer out of the track films rather than the run-of-the mill films.

http://apnaindia.com/entertainment/review/bollywood/soundtrack-hindi-movie-review-192.html


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Soundtrack

Starring - Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma

Director - Neerav Ghosh

Producer - Sanjiv Goenka, Apurv Nagpal

Banner - Saregama India Limited, Indie Ideas

Genre - Musical

Rating - *** .

By Kreative Access Team

The star of the film is certainly the story and the narration. The film starring the talented Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan and Mrinalini Sharma is quite a soul shaking epic dust to dawn story of a aspiring musician who falls from the peak and recovers a death defying phase in life.

The film starts with Raunak (Rajeev Khandelwal) who comes to city of dreams Mumbai to make his name in the music industry. After much struggle and tiring phase he manages to catch up a fleeting that of DJ in a famous discotheque. He becomes a rage and then his life turns tracks as he unintentionally shifts focus from his aim. But suddenly his dream run hits a major roadblock when he suddenly loses his hearing power. This leaves him with an irreplaceable void as the hearing impairment leaves him with no scope to take forward his career as a musician. He goes into depression and mind you that's not a simple but a death defying one.

The film is not the one that you come across every Friday. This one's a rare tale of the highs and lows of life. As I mentioned earlier the main strength of the film is its story and the stars lead the tale with panache. The film is based on a true story of a renowned musician Beethoven. The unexpected twists and turns keeps you glued to from start to end.

Rajeev Khandelwal yet again reminds of the potential that he carries as a star. And we must say with each film he is giving the Khans, Kapoors and Kumars a run for their money. He deserves much more attention to compliment his potential. But what surprised us was Soha's performance which made people notice it even in the presence of power house performer Rajeev. Mrinalini Sharma's role as Rajeev's girlfriend is nothing more than an extended cameo but however the actress has performed her part well.

Apart from film's direction and narration, the unique cinematography takes your heart away. As the film was a tale of a musician's life, it ought to be a musical journey and we must say the tracks don't disappoint.

Yet another awe inspiring film coming from Rajeev Khandelwal comes to lure your hearts away. A perfect treat for music and 'Rajeev Khandelwal' lovers and will also appeal to the ones who prefer out of the track films rather than the run-of-the mill films.

http://apnaindia.com/entertainment/review/bollywood/soundtrack-hindi-movie-review-192.html

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nice reviews there..feel so good after reading them...Rajeev has yet again proved his caliber & worth...& yet again seeing everyone praising Rajeev, i feel 'Proud To Be A Rajeevian'...main tho phoole nahii sama rahii hoon, reading all the praises which Rajeev is being showered upon...EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassedClapClapEmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed
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Soundtrack Review

October 7th, 2011 by Komal Nahta

Star cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma, Mohan Kapur.

Plot: Rajeev is a budding musician and DJ. Due to excessive drinking, smoking, drug intake and unsafe sex on the one hand and exposure to loud music all the time on the other, he becomes deaf. Does he strike back in the world of music?

Soundtrack Review (Soundtrack Movie Poster)

What's Good: The first half; the acting of most of the artistes; the songs.

What's Bad: The post-interval portion which is devoid of emotions.

VerdictSoundtrack is a good film but the second half ought to have been far better. It will not do much at the ticket windows.

Loo break: None.

Watch or Not?: Watch Soundtrack for the performances and the pre-interval part.

 Saregama India Ltd.'s Soundtrack (A) is the story of a musician and DJ, Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal). He is a small-town man who comes to Bombay to pursue his dream of becoming a renowned musician. His father, Parth Kaul, was also a musician who had met with an untimely end because of his love for alcohol. Raunak's mother fears that he, too, would go his father's way and, therefore, is not happy about his coming to Bombay.

Raunak initially lives with his paternal uncle (Yatin Karyekar) in Bombay. Charlie (Mohan Kapur), the owner of a club in Bombay, where Raunak works as a DJ, sees the potential in Raunak and decides to make him a household name. He even gets Raunak a film assignment. Raunak, who now has a girlfriend, Shonali (Mrinalini Sharma), loves consuming alcohol, doing drugs and indulging in unsafe sex, besides making music. All his excesses and exposure to continual loud music lead to Raunak losing his power of hearing almost completely. Obviously, he can't compose music because he can't hear properly. He falls from the pride of place he enjoys as a DJ. He is also unable to fulfil Charlie's commitment to deliver the film song.

Raunak consults a doctor who asks him to abstain from all his vices and warns him that he may completely lose his ability to hear because of damage to his inner ears. Frustrated and battling his internal demons, Raunak does all he can to get his power to hear back, including locking himself up in isolation for days on end. But he fails. He becomes completely deaf and accepts life without sound. He then consults Gauri (Soha Ali Khan) who herself is deaf but who teaches him the art of reading lips and comprehending what people are talking. He becomes very fond of Gauri. One day, he realises that he can sense music by feeling the pulsating beats via his hands. And from thereon changes Raunak's life. He composes a song in spite of his disability and the album becomes a rage. He even presents a live show where he sings to the tune composed by himself, merely by putting his foot on the speaker which is blaring the music.

Soundtrack Review (Soundtrack Movie Stills)

Soundtrack Review: Script Analysis

Remake of the Hollywood film, It's All Gone Pete Tong, this one has a first half which shows the rise of musician Raunak Kaul. The post-interval portion is devoted to Raunak coming to terms with his deafness and how he strikes back.

The first half is engaging and interesting. It also has sex for the front-benchers. The second half, however, is not half as impactful. This is because although writers Neerav Ghosh, Rajiv Gopalakrishnan and Chintan Gandhi have captured the frustrations of a musician who loses his ability to make music because he goes deaf, they have not been able to bring out his emotions and the sentimental reaction of his family members and friends. In fact, the first half prepares the audience for a tearful second half but the emotions just don't come through. Consequently, the viewer feels cheated after interval. Also, the drama, which had the potential of becoming an intense tear-jerker, remains an ordinary story of a musician who fought odds to continue his career. The hair-raising element is missing in his comeback. Likewise, the scene in which the public applauds Raunak when he performs live despite his disability, fails to draw tears from the viewers' eyes. In short, the comeback of Raunak is not upto the mark. The track of Gauri teaching Raunak is weak. Perhaps, what goes against the drama is that after a point of time, Raunak and his near and dear ones easily accept his loss of hearing ability. Even Raunak's fooling with his little cousin and with Gauri robs the drama of its emotional appeal in the second half. Dialogues, penned by Neerav Ghosh, Rajiv Gopalakrishnan and Chintan Gandhi, are alright.

Soundtrack Review: Performances

Rajeev Khandelwal does a very good job. He plays Raunak Kaul with understanding and projects his frustrations aptly. Soha Ali Khan acts ably and makes her presence felt in a brief role. Mrinalini Sharma also does well. Mohan Kapur is pretty effective as Charlie. Yatin Karyekar gives a good account of himself. Ankur Tewari (as guitarist) and Siddharth Coutto (as drummer) lend fair support. Surinder Rajan leaves a mark as Makarand Chacha. Manu Rishi Chadha is okay as the doctor. Anurag Kashyap makes his presence felt. Adhir Bhat acts well in the role of Johny Joker. Rekha Desai fails to impress as Raunak's mother. Rajat Kaul is okay as DJ Sonic. Krutika Desai, Soni and Anisa add a touch of glamour as the three angels of Tango Charlie Club. Anu Malik, (VJ) Bani, (RJ) Malishka, (music director) Salim Merchant, (DJ) Aqeel and (singer) Kailash Kher play themselves well.

Soundtrack Review: Direction & Music

Neerav Ghosh's direction is of a good standard. Although this is his maiden attempt at direction, he handles the film with the flourish of a seasoned director. However, he has faltered in exploiting the emotional potential of the drama. Music (Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale) is good and some songs are even very hummable but the requirements of the film about music and a musician were twofold ' super-hit music and extremely popular music. Neither are the songs super-hit nor have they been popularised well enough. 'Banao', 'Fakira' (music also composed by Vishal Vaid), 'Main chala' (music also composed by Kailash Kher), 'What the F', 'Jannat' (music composed by Ankur Tewari), 'Ek manzil' (Vishal Vaid and Karsh Kale), and 'Naina laagey (Midival Punditz and Papon) are all appealing numbers. Lyrics are fair. Jasmin Oza's choreography should've been better. Anshuman Mahaley's cinematography is appropriate. Saini Johray's sets are alright.

Soundtrack Review: Komal Nahta's Verdict

On the whole, Soundtrack has a good first half but a weak second half. With not much face value and given its poor start, it will be lost at the box-office in spite of appreciation from the discerning viewers.

http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/soundtrack-review/

My Take On The Review:  the reviewer seems confused...ek taraf likha hai, Rajeev is very good,  Neerav's direction is to a  good standard...aur upar se rating  dekho..on one hand all the reviewers liked the 2nd half more..the writer is a confused soul...LOLLOLLOL
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Soundtrack Review

October 7th, 2011 by Komal Nahta

Star cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma, Mohan Kapur.

Plot: Rajeev is a budding musician and DJ. Due to excessive drinking, smoking, drug intake and unsafe sex on the one hand and exposure to loud music all the time on the other, he becomes deaf. Does he strike back in the world of music?

Soundtrack Review (Soundtrack Movie Poster)

What's Good: The first half; the acting of most of the artistes; the songs.

What's Bad: The post-interval portion which is devoid of emotions.

VerdictSoundtrack is a good film but the second half ought to have been far better. It will not do much at the ticket windows.

Loo break: None.

Watch or Not?: Watch Soundtrack for the performances and the pre-interval part.

 Saregama India Ltd.'s Soundtrack (A) is the story of a musician and DJ, Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal). He is a small-town man who comes to Bombay to pursue his dream of becoming a renowned musician. His father, Parth Kaul, was also a musician who had met with an untimely end because of his love for alcohol. Raunak's mother fears that he, too, would go his father's way and, therefore, is not happy about his coming to Bombay.

Raunak initially lives with his paternal uncle (Yatin Karyekar) in Bombay. Charlie (Mohan Kapur), the owner of a club in Bombay, where Raunak works as a DJ, sees the potential in Raunak and decides to make him a household name. He even gets Raunak a film assignment. Raunak, who now has a girlfriend, Shonali (Mrinalini Sharma), loves consuming alcohol, doing drugs and indulging in unsafe sex, besides making music. All his excesses and exposure to continual loud music lead to Raunak losing his power of hearing almost completely. Obviously, he can't compose music because he can't hear properly. He falls from the pride of place he enjoys as a DJ. He is also unable to fulfil Charlie's commitment to deliver the film song.

Raunak consults a doctor who asks him to abstain from all his vices and warns him that he may completely lose his ability to hear because of damage to his inner ears. Frustrated and battling his internal demons, Raunak does all he can to get his power to hear back, including locking himself up in isolation for days on end. But he fails. He becomes completely deaf and accepts life without sound. He then consults Gauri (Soha Ali Khan) who herself is deaf but who teaches him the art of reading lips and comprehending what people are talking. He becomes very fond of Gauri. One day, he realises that he can sense music by feeling the pulsating beats via his hands. And from thereon changes Raunak's life. He composes a song in spite of his disability and the album becomes a rage. He even presents a live show where he sings to the tune composed by himself, merely by putting his foot on the speaker which is blaring the music.

Soundtrack Review (Soundtrack Movie Stills)

Soundtrack Review: Script Analysis

Remake of the Hollywood film, It's All Gone Pete Tong, this one has a first half which shows the rise of musician Raunak Kaul. The post-interval portion is devoted to Raunak coming to terms with his deafness and how he strikes back.

The first half is engaging and interesting. It also has sex for the front-benchers. The second half, however, is not half as impactful. This is because although writers Neerav Ghosh, Rajiv Gopalakrishnan and Chintan Gandhi have captured the frustrations of a musician who loses his ability to make music because he goes deaf, they have not been able to bring out his emotions and the sentimental reaction of his family members and friends. In fact, the first half prepares the audience for a tearful second half but the emotions just don't come through. Consequently, the viewer feels cheated after interval. Also, the drama, which had the potential of becoming an intense tear-jerker, remains an ordinary story of a musician who fought odds to continue his career. The hair-raising element is missing in his comeback. Likewise, the scene in which the public applauds Raunak when he performs live despite his disability, fails to draw tears from the viewers' eyes. In short, the comeback of Raunak is not upto the mark. The track of Gauri teaching Raunak is weak. Perhaps, what goes against the drama is that after a point of time, Raunak and his near and dear ones easily accept his loss of hearing ability. Even Raunak's fooling with his little cousin and with Gauri robs the drama of its emotional appeal in the second half. Dialogues, penned by Neerav Ghosh, Rajiv Gopalakrishnan and Chintan Gandhi, are alright.

Soundtrack Review: Performances

Rajeev Khandelwal does a very good job. He plays Raunak Kaul with understanding and projects his frustrations aptly. Soha Ali Khan acts ably and makes her presence felt in a brief role. Mrinalini Sharma also does well. Mohan Kapur is pretty effective as Charlie. Yatin Karyekar gives a good account of himself. Ankur Tewari (as guitarist) and Siddharth Coutto (as drummer) lend fair support. Surinder Rajan leaves a mark as Makarand Chacha. Manu Rishi Chadha is okay as the doctor. Anurag Kashyap makes his presence felt. Adhir Bhat acts well in the role of Johny Joker. Rekha Desai fails to impress as Raunak's mother. Rajat Kaul is okay as DJ Sonic. Krutika Desai, Soni and Anisa add a touch of glamour as the three angels of Tango Charlie Club. Anu Malik, (VJ) Bani, (RJ) Malishka, (music director) Salim Merchant, (DJ) Aqeel and (singer) Kailash Kher play themselves well.

Soundtrack Review: Direction & Music

Neerav Ghosh's direction is of a good standard. Although this is his maiden attempt at direction, he handles the film with the flourish of a seasoned director. However, he has faltered in exploiting the emotional potential of the drama. Music (Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale) is good and some songs are even very hummable but the requirements of the film about music and a musician were twofold ' super-hit music and extremely popular music. Neither are the songs super-hit nor have they been popularised well enough. 'Banao', 'Fakira' (music also composed by Vishal Vaid), 'Main chala' (music also composed by Kailash Kher), 'What the F', 'Jannat' (music composed by Ankur Tewari), 'Ek manzil' (Vishal Vaid and Karsh Kale), and 'Naina laagey (Midival Punditz and Papon) are all appealing numbers. Lyrics are fair. Jasmin Oza's choreography should've been better. Anshuman Mahaley's cinematography is appropriate. Saini Johray's sets are alright.

Soundtrack Review: Komal Nahta's Verdict

On the whole, Soundtrack has a good first half but a weak second half. With not much face value and given its poor start, it will be lost at the box-office in spite of appreciation from the discerning viewers.

http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/soundtrack-review/

My Take On The Review:  the reviewer seems confused...ek taraf likha hai, Rajeev is very good,  Neerav's direction is to a  good standard...aur upar se rating  dekho..on one hand all the reviewers liked the 2nd half more..the writer is a confused soul...LOLLOLLOL


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